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Vishal Arora & Tehmina Arora – Christian Bias Against Hindus

Vishal Arora (Picture Link) is an independent & freelance journalist and writer living in New Delhi, India. Vishal Arora’s articles have appeared in Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Deccan Herald, The Tribune, The Statesman, Mint, Indo-Asian News Service, Sify.com, Swagat, The Caravan, Compass Direct News, Religion News Service, World Politics Review, Lipido Media and Religious Watch. Vishal Arora has presented papers on the mixing of religion and politics in seminars organised by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life in Washington DC (which focused on the dangers of “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists” and “Right Wing Hindus”). Vishal Arora writes on socio-political affairs and human rights for national and foreign media with an almost exclusive focus on incidents of communal violence in India against the Christian minority. On the internet and on Vishal Arora’s official domain (vishalarora.co.in), his religious affiliation is not openly divulged (although some of his writings talk about God in a seemingly non-denominational way: 0102030405). It is suspected that Vishal Arora’s religious affiliation is purposely suppressed and cleverly cloaked to avert accusations of Christian bias.

Vishal Arora Contacted Gerald Moreno About The Sai Controversy

On May 11th 2010, Gerald Moreno received the following email from Vishal Arora:

Vishal Arora: “Dear Mr. Gerald Moreno,

I am a journalist based in New Delhi, India. I am writing an article on Sathya Sai Baba, which includes the accusations by numerous ex-devotees. Most of those who made the allegations have told me that you have been the most active person to ‘spread hate’ against them. So, I wanted to give you a fair chance to respond to this. Can I also know how are you related to Sathya Sai Baba? Are you a devotee?

Also, I’d appreciate if you could say, in a few lines, why so many ex-devotees made the allegations?

Thanks and regards,
Vishal Arora ”

Gerald Moreno responded the same day (May 11th 2010) and his full response can be found on the Vishal Arora Correspondence Page. Vishal Arora adamantly refused to answer any and all questions posed to him by Gerald Moreno. This type of one-way and secretive behavior is not what one would expect from a credible journalist or writer. Apparently, Vishal Arora has much to hide and is not interested in maintaining an open, sincere and two-way dialogue with Gerald Moreno, whom he intends to write about. The reasons for Visha Arora’s secrecy have since come to light and may be disturbing to some.

Vishal Arora – Christian Bias Uncovered

Before Moreno received Vishal Arora’s email, Moreno contacted Lisa DeWitt about Robert Priddy’s 16-day absence from his blog (which was highly unusual considering Robert Priddy’s rabid blog postings on almost a daily basis). The very same day that Vishal Arora emailed Moreno (May 11th 2010) was the very same day that Robert Priddy resumed posting on his blog. Coincidence?

Moreno felt that since Vishal Arora implied he had talked extensively to ex-devotees and simply asked for a “few lines” from him, something did not feel “right”, so he decided to research Vishal Arora. It was quickly discovered that Vishal Arora’s official domain (vishalarora.co.in) was purchased and registered for him by NOBTS (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)

What is “NOBTS (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)”?

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Our Mission Statement
The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries.

Our Seminary Target
Our target as a Seminary is healthy churches. We measure the effectiveness of our Seminary by the health of the churches that our graduates lead.

Our Core Values
Doctrinal Integrity — Believing that the Bible is the Word of God, we believe it, teach it, proclaim it, and submit our lives to it. Our confessional commitments are outlined in the Articles of Religious Belief and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Spiritual Vitality — We are a worshiping community emphasizing both personal spirituality and gathering together as a Seminary family for the praise and adoration of God and instruction in His Word.<

Mission Focus — Our Seminary does not exist merely to get an education or to give an education. We are here to change the world by fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries.

Characteristic Excellence — We want everything we do to be characterized by offering the utmost of our abilities and resources as a testimony to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Servant Leadership — We follow the model of Jesus to exert leadership through nurturing and encouraging those around us.

Our Denominational Affiliation
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Seminary would not be financially viable apart from significant funding by the SBC Cooperative Program. The Charter of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary assigns ownership of the Seminary assets to the Southern Baptist Convention, requires that all NOBTS Trustees be elected by the Southern Baptist Convention, and declares that the Charter “may not be altered, amended, or repealed without the expressed prior consent of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

Our Heritage
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was founded in 1917 by an act of the Southern Baptist Convention at their annual meeting that year in New Orleans. Originally named “Baptist Bible Institute,” New Orleans Seminary was the first theological institution to be created by direct action of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was originally created as an undergraduate institution modeled after Moody Bible Institute. Gradually, the school began to move toward graduate level training, and in 1946 the Convention renamed the institution “New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.”

The school was the fulfillment of a century-old dream of Baptists to establish a missionary training school in New Orleans as a gateway to Latin America, and as a mission center in the ungodly city of New Orleans. In 1914, P. I. Lipsey, editor of the Mississippi Baptist Record, wrote an impassioned editorial favoring the creation of a theological school in New Orleans: “A seminary (in New Orleans) would plant the Baptist cause in this city in a way that would immediately command the attention and the respect of all. It would be planting the siege guns at the enemies’ gates.”

Baptist Bible Institute opened its first session in October 1918 under the leadership of Byron H. DeMent, who served as president of the BBI from 1917 to 1928. “The Baptist Bible Institute is preeminently a child of providence and prayer,” DeMent said at his inauguration. Since that day, New Orleans Seminary has been known as “The School of Providence and Prayer.”

Others who have served as president of the school are William W. Hamilton Sr. (1928-42); Duke K. McCall (1943-46); Roland Q. Leavell (1946-58); H. Leo Eddleman (1959-70); Grady C. Cothen (1970-74); and Landrum P. Leavell II, nephew of Roland Leavell, (1974-95). On February 23, 1996, Dr. Charles S. “Chuck” Kelley, Jr., of Beaumont, Texas, was elected unanimously as the seminary’s eighth president. Prior to his election he had served at the seminary for 13 years as the Roland Q. Leavell Professor of Evangelism and most recently as the director of the Seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health.

From its beginning until 1953, the school was located at 1220 Washington Avenue, in the heart of the Garden District of residential New Orleans. The current campus, at 3939 Gentilly Boulevard was purchased in 1947. The landmark entrance gates and fence from the Garden District mansion now are located on the front block of the Gentilly campus. The current property, once a 75-acre pecan orchard, has been transformed into a beautiful campus with more than 100 buildings. More than 20,000 men and women have prepared for ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Our Doctrinal Commitments
All the faculty members of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary subscribe to the school’ historic confession, the Articles of Religious Belief, and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Our President has signed on behalf of the Seminary a pledge to doctrinal faithfulness entitled “One Faith, One Task, One Sacred Trust: A Covenant Between Our Churches and Seminaries.” And the faculty also recently joined the other Southern Baptist seminary faculties in endorsing “What God Has Joined Together: A Resolution in Defense of Marriage”.

(Reference)

Needless to say, a Baptist Theological Seminary would never purchase and register a domain for someone who was not strongly allied with them, their beliefs, their practices and their missionary objectives. The Southern Baptist Convention is one of the most conservative, evangelical and fundamentalist Christian Churches in the USA and also has the largest number of Christian missionaries (more so than all other USA Christian Churches combined). The Baptist Center for Theology & Ministry’s Faith & Message Statement and NOBTS Articles of Religious Belief are of particular interest. The Southern Baptist Convention believes:

“It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.” (Reference)

Moreno emailed Vishal Arora on May 11th 2010 about this information and said:

Gerald Moreno: “Dear Vishal Arora,

It is my sincere hope that when you write your article about Sathya Sai Baba that you will divulge any association you may have with NOBTS (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), which registered your official domain http://vishalarora.co.in/. The About NOBTS page is of particular interest.

When you are attempting to write about a spiritual teacher who has a large Hindu following in India, I think this information is highly relevant and necessary. Needless to say, I have written extensively about various Christian movements against Sathya Sai Baba and your Pro-Christian writings, your friendships with various Christians and your association with an evangelical Christian ministry raises several red flags.

I must also say I am very concerned about what appears to be an extensive communication between you and ex-devotees and how you wanted me to summarize my views in a ‘few lines’ (which is what prompted me to research your associations more closely).

Therefore, I kindly ask that you maintain transparency in your writings pertaining to Sathya Sai Baba so that you will not be accused of bias or having ulterior motives like Vir Sanghvi, Paul Lewis, Tanya Datta, Michelle Goldberg and NineMSN A Current Affair.

If you decide to withhold your association with NOBTS and if I feel that your article does not give due justice to both sides of the Sai Controversy, I will be forced to write about this issue and make it public.

I sincerely hope there is less to this finding than I think there is. You are free to enlighten me.

Sincerely,

Gerald Moreno”

Vishal Arora responded on May 12th 2010 and said (in part):

Vishal Arora: “There is no need for me to hide that I am a convert to Christianity, but I respect all religions and their followers. My brother studied at the NOBTS a few years ago when I registered my domain…

Thank you and regards,

Vishal Arora”

Vishal Arora’s brother is Vivek Arora (Profile Subsequently DeletedSee Screencap). Vivek Arora pursued his PhD at NOBTS (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) from 2004 – 2009 and is a Research Associate for the Center for New Testament Textual Studies (which is also associated with NOBTS). Furthermore, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) said the following about Vivek Arora (Picture Link):

NAMB: “As a young man living in India, Vivek Arora had a dream that he would someday find a book that would answer all his questions and that he would be instrumental in bringing people together in a way that would let them live in harmony. He discovered that book years later when he came to faith in Christ while reading a Hindi translation of the Bible. As for people living in harmony, he believes the Great Commission is God’s plan for that. Today, Vivek and his wife, Manisha, are church planting missionaries in Boston, reaching out to the international community that has gathered from around the world in one of America’s great cities. ‘We are reaching out to international students and professionals,’ Vivek says. ‘Many come here from their countries for two or three years. If we can reach them for Christ the impact will be greatly multiplied when they return to their home countries.’” (Reference)

NAMB’s statement of faith can be found HERE. NAMB’s views on Biblical Inerrancy can be found HERE.

However, it is irrelevant if Vivek Arora studied at NOBTS (the only relevance being a conservative, fundamentalist and evangelical Christian faith among members of the Arora family). NOBTS did not purchase and register a domain for Vivek Arora. NOBTS purchased and registered a domain for Vishal Arora. A Baptist Theological Seminary would never purchase and register a domain for someone who was not strongly allied with them, their beliefs, their practices and their missionary objectives. The fact that NOBTS purchased and registered Vishal Arora’s official domain strongly suggests he is allied with them and is possibly funded by them as well.

Considerable research was conducted into domains purchased by NOBTS and not even one other domain was found to be registered by NOBTS for any single individual besides Vishal Arora. Considering NOBTS Statement of Faith (that states there is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and that the unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, a place of everlasting punishment) and considering Vishal Arora’s ties with this conservative, fundamentalist and evangelical Christian organization, it is very difficult to accept Vishal Arora’s Christian faith along with his comments about respecting all religions and their followers. It is also very disturbing that Vishal Arora, as a Christian convert, would be writing about Sathya Sai Baba (a revered spiritual teacher who happens to have a large Hindu following in India and a large multi-faith following world-wide).

Although Vishal Arora does not write “Anti-Hindu” articles per se, he does write extensively about communal violence in India against the Christian minority that tends to demonize “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists” and “Right-Wing Hindus” (which are subjective descriptions often used on the internet to formulate “Christian vs Hindu” arguments). Vishal Arora has argued extensively against “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists”, “Right-Wing Hindus” and anyone he believes may be associated with them (which happens to include various gurus and spiritual teachers in India with large Hindu followings). In an article entitled “Religion and Politics in India”, Vishal Arora wrote:

Vishal Arora: “Religious leaders have enormous followings and acceptability in India. Not only the people, but also the politicians seek their ‘blessings’. There are many Hindu gurus who are known for their overt support to the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda. These gurus include Sadhvi Ritambhara, Morari Bapu, Asaram Bapu, Vasudevanand Saraswati, and Swami Satyamitranand Giri.

In July 2008, high-profile spiritual gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Swami Ramdev, were the special guests at the launch of the Hindi version of BJP leader Advani’s autobiography, ‘My Country My Life’, in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state. The gurus reportedly praised Advani in their address.” (Reference)

Consequently, it is not surprising that Vishal Arora, as a Christian convert, is taking aim at popular gurus and spiritual teachers in India (who have large Hindu followings) and is attempting to associate them with “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists” and “Right Wing Hindus”. It is an irrefutable fact that Vishal Arora’s writings are published on numerous conservative, fundamentalist and evangelical Christian websites & blogs that are used to polarize Christians against Hindus. For example, Vishal Arora’s articles have been published on:

  • All India Christian Council (aiccindia.org)
  • All India Catholic Union, John Dayal (aicu.blogspot.com)
  • ASSIST Ministries (assistnews.net)
  • Ban The RSS (bantherss.blogspot.com)
  • Baptist Courier (baptistcourier.com)
  • Baptist Press (baptistpress.net)
  • Baptist Press (baptistpress.org)
  • Bos News Life – Christian News Agency (bosnewslife.com)
  • Baptist Press (bpnews.net)
  • Charisma Mag (charismamag.com)
  • Christianity and the Christian Faith (christianity.com)
  • Christianity Magazine (christianbreakingnews.com)
  • Christian Examiner (christianexaminer.com)
  • Christian Forums (christianforums.com)
  • Christianity Today (christianitytoday.com)
  • SOS Christian News India (christiannewsindia.in)
  • Christian News Today (christiannewstoday.com)
  • Christian Persecution India (christianpersecutionindia.blogspot.com)
  • The Christian Post (christianpost.com)
  • Religion Today (christiansunite.com)
  • Christ My Righteousness (christmyrighteousness9587.wordpress.com)
  • Compass Direct News (compassdirect.org)
  • The Intersection of Faith and Life (crosswalk.com)
  • Christian Persecution India Articles (cpiarticles.blogspot.com)
  • Evangel Globe (evangelglobe.com)
  • Mangalorean Catholics (groups.yahoo.com/group/MangaloreanCatholics)
  • Indian Christian News (indianchristiannews.com)
  • Indian Christians (indianchristians.in)
  • Indian Christians (indianchristians.us)
  • Le Journal Chretien (journalchretien.net)
  • Open Doors – Serving persecuted Christians worldwide (opendoors.org.au)
  • Oregon Faith Report (oregonreport.com)
  • Persecution Update India (persecution.in)
  • Christian Suffering & Church Persecution (persecution.org)
  • Praise the Almighty (praisethealmighty.com)
  • Prophecy News Daily (prophecynewsdaily.com)
  • The Right Conservative News Sites (rightsidenews.com)
  • Baptist Press (sbcbaptistpress.org)
  • Secular India (secularindia.com)
  • My Soul Pants For God Alone (soulpants.wordpress.com)
  • Mission Chretienne Globale (spcm.org)
  • The voice Of The Martyrs (thevoiceofthemartyrs.blogspot.com)
  • Transfigurations (transfigurations.blogspot.com)
  • Voice of the People – Called by Gods grace for his will and purpose (voptv.org)
  • World Christian Ministries (worldchristianministries.org)
  • Worthy Christian News (worthynews.com)
  • Among numerous others (even more so in association with Tehmina Arora)

Vishal Arora only writes one-way articles about alleged Christian persecution in India that systematically demonizes “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists” and “Right Wing Hindus”. Needless to say, there is another side to the Christian persecution stories. In India, one cannot travel anywhere without seeing Christian graffiti painted on boulders near main traffic routes and on the rocks on high mountains tops. The author has personally seen these things all over India. How would Christians feel if Muslims or Hindus painted their religious symbols on boulders near main traffic routes and on the rocks on high mountain tops in their predominantly Christian countries? If this happened, there would be undeniable hostility and anger against Muslims or Hindus. Yet, when Christians paint their graffiti in India (which is predominantly a Hindu country) they cry “persecution” and play “martyrs” when Hindus and Muslims get hostile and angry with them. Why should Hindus and Muslims have to endure this type of fanatic religious behavior from minority Christians in their homeland?

There have been stories of Christians throwing beef on Hindu idols (Ref), Christians killing Hindus (Refs: 01020304), a Catholic priest (who was criminally charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota) being protected by his home diocese in India (Ref) and even fellow Christians admitting to the aggressiveness of Christian missionaries in India (Refs: 0102).

Sita Ram Goel, K. M. Panikkar, Arun Shourie, M.S. Srinivasan and Gauri Viswanathan have written extensively and intelligently about conversion tactics in India by Christian missionaries (Ref: 010203) and have sounded refuted Vishal Arora’s claim that Christianity came to India with the arrival of Apostle Thomas in Kerala in 52 AD (Ref). Christians have created an Indian Bible using Hindu imagery & Hindu scriptures and have also adopted Hindu names and outfits to trick Hindus into accepting Jesus Christ (Refs: 01020304). For example, see the Christian Yogi Bede Griffith Trust Website. Other types of inculturation and assimilation ploys include the Hindu’ization of Jesus Christ and the Hindu’ization of Christian symbols (the cross in English letters reads “Om Namah Cristaya” meaning “Om Obeisance to Jesus Christ” and “Christa Sharanam” meaning “Jesus Christ is our Refuge”).

Vishal Arora And The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life

As mentioned in the introduction, Vishal Arora has presented papers on the mixing of religion and politics in seminars organised by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life in Washington DC (which focused on the dangers of “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists” and “Right Wing Hindus”). Do not let the fancy name fool you, the Oxford Centre For Religion and Public Life is a USA-based Christian organization founded by the Reverend Dr. Arne Fjeldstad (who is also the “Head of Communications” for the Anglican group GAFCON). The Oxford Centre For Religion and Public Life created the “project” domain GetReligion.org, which is owned and registered by Terry Mattingly (an Eastern Orthodox Christian who directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities). All of the contributors for GetReligion.org are Christians (mostly Christian converts and/or Orthodox Christians). Videos of a very nervous Vishal Arora (notice the repeated blinking of his eyes and gulping movements in his throat) were created by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life and published on YouTube:

Vishal Arora was filmed in Washington DC by a Christian organization where he talked against “Right Wing Hindus”. Since Vishal Arora is an independent writer from India with no known ties to any specific media organization, where exactly is Vishal Arora getting his paycheck from and who is sponsering and/or funding his expensive trips to the USA?

Vishal Arora Invokes The Swastika Against Hindu Nationalists

Vishal Arora wrote an article entitled Swastika Terrorism, which claimed “The Indian government is ignoring the surge of Hindutva terrorism at its own risk.” Why would Vishal Arora associate a known Hindu symbol with “Hindutvas” (movements advocating for Hindu nationalism)?

The word “swastika” is derived from the Sanskrit word “svastika”, meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote good luck. It is composed of “su” meaning “good, well” and “asti” “to be”. Svasti thus means “well-being”.

As noted by Monier-Williams in his Sanskrit–English dictionary, according to Alexander Cunningham, the swastika represents a monogram formed by interlacing of the letters of the auspicious words su-asti (svasti) written in Ashokan characters. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period in Ancient India. The swastika occurs mainly in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. It remains widely used in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Though once commonly used all over much of the world without stigma, because of its iconic usage in Nazi Germany the symbol has become stigmatized in the Western world, notably even outlawed in Germany

In Christianity, the swastika was used as a hooked version of the Christian Cross, the symbol of Christ’s victory over death. Some Christian churches built in the Romanesque and Gothic eras are decorated with swastikas, carrying over earlier Roman designs. Swastikas are prominently displayed in a mosaic in the St. Sophia church of Kiev, Ukraine dating from the 12th century. Swastikas also appear as a repeating ornamental motif on a tomb in the Basilica of St. Ambrose in Milan (Reference).

Vishal Arora’s invocation of the swastika stimga is a direct attack against Hindus who have been using that religious symbol for thousands of years. Vishal Arora, as a Christian convert, would appear to be inciting hostility and hatred against Hindus to his mainly Christian readers who are not familiar with the Hindu religion and its history with the swastika. As a matter of fact, fanatic Christians often claim that Hindus are “Nazi inspired”, “Hitler inspired”, “swastika worshipping”, “Nazi terrorists” , “using Nazi tactics”, “idolators”, “satanists”, “swastika terrorists”, etc. Shame of Vishal Arora for using the Hindu swastika as a prop to stigmatize Hindu Nationalists.

Vishal Arora’s Wife – Tehmina Arora

Tehmina Arora is the wife of Vishal Arora and she is the general secretary for the Christian Legal Association (CLA). What is the “Christian Legal Association”?

About Us
Christian Legal Association (CLA) aims on inspiring Christians in the legal profession to answer God’s call found in Micah 6:8 to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before God”, by living wholeheartedly for God in their place of study or work, thinking about legal issues from a Biblical perspective.

CLA links approximately 600 Christian legal professionals across India and had established local networks in Bangalore, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi.

Activities
The CLA team holds annual conferences and organizes regional and national seminars for Christian legal professionals. Fellowship and spiritual retreats provide CLA members encouragement and support in the exciting challenge of being a Christian lawyer.

Faith in Practise, CLA’s monthly newsletter and prayer calendar, and Persecution Report, a weekly persecution report, help lawyers and civil society to keep updated on issues that confront the church in India.

CLA’s involvement in law and policy change ensures that the collective voice of the Christian legal fraternity is heard.

By engaging with the churches and christian workers in providing legal trainings and legal aid, CLA provides its members the opportunity to participate in equipping the Body of Christ to prepared to meet the legal challenges that face the Church.

Membership
Membership is open to retired judges, lawyers, law professors and students, social workers and journalists and NGOs at a nominal membership fee. All members are required to affirm and uphold the Statement of Faith as a condition of membership.

(Reference)

What is the Christian Legal Association’s “Statement of Faith”?

All CLA members adhere to the following Statement of Faith

Trusting in Jesus Christ as my Saviour, I believe in:

– One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
– God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
– The Deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; His vicarious death for our sins through which we receive eternal life; His bodily resurrection and personal return.
– The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
– The Bible as the inspired Word of God.

(Reference)

Tehmina Arora also belong to Micah Challenge, which is described as:

“Micah Challenge is a global coalition between the World Evangelical Alliance and the Micah Network. The Micah Network brings together 330 Christian organizations providing relief, development and justice ministries throughout the world. The WEA embraces 420 million evangelical Christians in 127 countries.” (Reference)

The Micah Challenge website provided the following information about Tehmina Arora:

“Tehmina is the General Secretary of the Christian Legal Association, India. She has written over 30 articles on human rights issues, published in leading national dailies and magazines. Tehmina is frequently called upon to address groups at seminars across the country on the rights of religious minorities in India. She worked briefly at the Supreme Court of India as an advocate before joining the Christian Legal Association.” (Reference)

Micah Challenge is facilitated by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Micah Network. The Council for Micah Challenge has ten members drawn from the leadership of Evangelical Alliances and Christian relief and development agencies from around the world. The chair is Rev Joel Edwards, General Director of Evangelical Alliance UK. The other Board Members are: Tehmina Arora (India), Andy Atkins (UK), Steve Bradbury (Australia), Loida Cariel (Peru), Jane Furniss (Micah Network), Paul Mususu (Zambia), Geoff Tunnicliffe (WEA) and Peter Vander Meulen (USA). Ken Morgan serves as the ex-officio treasurer of the Board.

Tehmina Arora also has a long-time family history involvement with the Lalbagh Methodist Church in India. According to Kuruvilla Chandy (an Indian Pastor), Tehmina Arora and her Grand-Parents worshipped at the Lalbagh Methodist Church:

“Dr B Jeyaraj and I were room mates at seminary. He was my junior then. Today he is a professor in Old Testament studies. Tehmina Arora is the grand daughter of a couple who worshipped at the Lalbagh Methodist Church when I was pastor there. She has visited and worshipped at Lalbagh during my time. She is now in charge of the legal department of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. Both Jeyaraj and Tehmina were at the conference in Bangalore” (Text ReferencePicture Reference)

This might explain why Vishal Arora made no mention to Tehmina Arora on his official domain. To Date: Neither Vishal Arora or Tehmina Arora have publicly divulged their husband/wife relationship (the FaceBook association where their relationship was discovered is private and can only be seen by members: See: Vishal Arora on FaceBookTehmina Arora on FaceBook).

Vishal Arora – In Conclusion

Vishal Arora has gone to great extents to package and present himself and his writings as unbiased and neutral. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Vishal Arora is a Christian convert, his wife and brother are conservative, fundamentalist and evangelical Christians and his official domain (vishalarora.co.in) was purchased and registered for him by the USA conservative, fundamentalist and evangelical Christian group NOBTS (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), which believes:

“It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.”“The heathen, then, are under condemnation just as well as those who hear and reject the gospel, for they are sinners by both nature and practice.”“We believe that the Christian life begins with conversion.” (Refs: 0102)

Vishal Arora is also affiliated with the Christian organization “Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life” and the Christian news agency “Compass Direct News”. Therefore, Vishal Arora’s writings and views about “Hindu Nationalists”, “Hindu Extremists” and “Right Wing Hindus” are biased, self-serving and written with ulterior motives. Vishal Arora and Tehmina Arora have a Christian agenda that specifically targets “Right-Wing Hindus” (which can actually refer to any Hindu who does not denounce Hinduism and accept Christianity) and anyone they perceive as having affiliations with “Right-Wing Hindus”.

Vishal Arora, Tehmina Arora, Vivek Arora and NOBTS are “Right-Wing Christians” who feel it is their religious duty and moral imperative to convert Hindus to their Christian faith. So when Vishal Arora “innocently” takes aim at popular gurus and spiritual teachers in India (who have large Hindu followings) and attempts to associate them with “Right-Wing Hindus”, make no mistake about it: Vishal Arora is on a Christian crusade for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

(Original Vishal Arora Article With Pictures)

Gerald Moreno’s Guide To The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ & Ex-Devotee’s Cover-Ups

Tanya Datta – UK Journalist For The Secret Swami
‘Secret Swami’ BBC Documentary
Relevant Links About The Rahm Family & The Secret Swami
Alaya Rahm Self-Dismissed His Lawsuit Against The US Sathya Sai Baba Society
A Scathing Response To Critics About Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuit
Alaya Rahm: A Decade-Long Daily User Of Illegal Street Drugs & Alcohol
Rahm Attorney (William L. Brelsford) Accused Of Incompetence
Refuting The Allegations Against Sathya Sai Baba With Factual Information
LSD Advocate Robert Priddy Defending Drug User From The Secret Swami Documentary
Sathya Sai Baba And Alaya Rahm – The Failed & Self-Dismissed Lawsuit
Dismissal Records For Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Proof Of Service Motions In Limine In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Lewis Kreydick Deposition In Limine In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Lewis Kreydick Deposition In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Barry Pittard’s Queer Obsession With Allegations Of A Sexual Nature
Robert Priddy’s Queer Obsession With Allegations Of A Sexual Nature
Sathya Sai Organisation Needs No Defense
Barry Pittard & Robert Priddy – Aggressive Internet Proxy Defamers
Al Rahm’s Email To Gerald Joe Moreno – A Response To Internet Proxy Barry Pittard
The Truth About ‘The Secret Swami’ & The Former U.S. State Department Warning Against Sai Baba

Sekharji, Kaleshwar And The Bogus $1 Million Picture Extortion Gossips Against Sathya Sai Baba

Beginning in the year 2002, several Ex-Devotees (specifically Sanjay Dadlani, Tony O’Clery and Robert Priddy) erroneously and falsely claimed that there is “photographic evidence” in existence of Sathya Sai Baba allegedly engaged in sexual acts.

The so-called “photographic evidence” rumor was originally started by a guru-wannabee named Sekharji (real name “Chandrasekhar Balasubramanian”) who carefully primps his hair and wears an orange gown to make himself look like Sathya Sai Baba (click thumbnail to enlarge):

Sathya Sai Baba Impersonator Sekharji

Sathya Sai Baba Impersonator Sekharji

Sekharji sent the following post to Ex-Devotees:

Sekharji: “Today, there are so many Extortionists, that SSB is letting most of them go on telling stories without the reward for silence. It seems that the money supply is now getting low. So now, there are a whole lot of exDevotees attacking each Other to achieve the status as being the last One standing for SSB to deal with. There are even Imposters planted to help confuse and frighten the whistleblowers. I enforce My claim for the previous statements to You in the following way.

here is a Swamiji named ‘Kaleshwara’ somewhere near Banglore. He was a young Boy when SSB molested Him. He, however, brought a camera and took pictures of the activites without SSB knowing. Later, He extorted SSB and got $1 million dollars to start His own ashram. Go to Him in Banglore, and privately ask. He is quite open and honest about the whole matter. He may still even show You the pictures as He did to many Others.

Sekharji – 06-28-2002 08:43 PM ET (US)

There are several profound problems with Sekharji’s claims:

  • First of all, Swami Kaleshwar has never lived “somewhere near Bangalore” and his ashram is not in Bangalore, Karnataka. Kaleshwar’s ashram is in Penukonda, Andhra Pradesh (250kms away from Bangalore and in another state). Therefore, Sekharji’s information about Swami Kaleshwar is wholly incorrect and is therefore highly suspect.
  • Secondly, Sekharji never said that he saw the alleged pictures himself, first-hand. Sekharji simply repeated a rumor and gossip he allegedly heard.
  • Lastly, why would Kaleshwar publicly admit that he blackmailed and extorted $1 million from Sathya Sai Baba when extortion and blackmail are illegal and criminal acts punishable with incarceration and/or hefty fines?

How can anyone believe anything Sekharji (a Sathya Sai competitor) has to say when he disseminated total disinformation about Kaleshwar?

As if Sekharji’s claims were not ridiculous enough, Robert Priddy (an Ex-Devotee) actually had the audacity to say (click thumbnail to enlarge):

Robert Priddy Ascertained Claims

Robert Priddy Ascertained Claims

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Robert Priddy: “I have ascertained that both prints and a negative of this former student engaged in oral sex with Sathya Sai Baba are extant and will eventually be made public in the appropriate legal setting.”

Why should Robert Priddy wait for a legal setting? Why not anonymously send the alleged pictures to the Indian Media or publish them anonymously on YouTube as has been done with Swami Nithyananda? What faster way to bring down Sathya Sai Baba than by publishing the alleged photos? One video of Swami Nithyananda engaged in questionable behavior was enough to bring him down completely. What are Ex-Devotees waiting for?

Robert Priddy himself claimed that he personally “ascertained that both prints and a negative of this former student engaged in oral sex with Sathya Sai Baba are extant”. Robert Priddy is a pathological liar of the worst order and is a total fraud adept in peddling rumors and gossips as the “irrefutable truth”. Robert Priddy never saw the alleged pictures and therefore never “ascertained” anything.

Whenever anyone demands evidence or proof from Robert Priddy, he flares his nostrils, reddens his cheeks, bulges his eyeballs and shrieks shrilly at the top of his voice “confidentiality”, “in a legal setting”, “only to bona fide investigators”, etc. However, when it comes to Sai Devotees or Pro-Sai Activists, Robert Priddy demands evidence, proof and explanations from them that can never meet his expectations.

Ex-Devotees had every opportunity (and still do) to give the alleged pictures to the BBC and/or various other journalists sympathetic with their cause. To Date: No one has EVER done so. Why not? Because the “$1 Million Picture Extortion” story is $1 million fraud. That’s why.

It is also amusing to note how Robert Priddy referred to Swami Kaleshwar as a “former student”. Swami Kaleshwar was never a former student at Sathya Sai Baba’s Colleges and Robert Priddy cannot provide a scintilla of credible evidence to the contrary.

Sanjay Dadlani & Tony O’Clery Weigh In:

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/45454
Sanjay Dadlani: I’ve noticed that you pro-SB people are in complete denial of the fact that we have photographic evidence of SB molesting a child. Oh well, so be it. :-)

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/42227
Sanjay Dadlani: We even have photographic proof of his sexual molestation, which is red-hot proof that he is a sex abuser.

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/40041
Sanjay Dadlani: There is photographic proof of Sai baba performing oral sex on an ex-student. I don’t know if it is Sai Baba who is the giver or the receiver, but oral sex is definitely involved in this photogrpahic evidence. When it finally becomes available, I wonder how the braindead devotees will react to it?

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/45339
Tony O’Clery: There is some kind of a photo…

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/45337
Tony O’Clery: Namaste, The photo exists. It was taken long before the easy internet photo editing, so I don’t know the forensics of it. I have talked to Premanand about this, and indicated to him that it wouldn’t be available for his law suit due to the ever present danger to the owner. This is what I understand……..Tony

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/33930
Tony O’Clery: HOWEVER I KNOW FOR SURE THAT A CERTAIN PERSON HAS PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF SB MOLESTING!! He is at present too scared to release it for it would mean an certain death sentence and he lives in India, the prashanti goons would get him for sure, as they have so many others.

tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sathyasaibaba2/message/33961
Tony O’Clery: Namaste, You know cameras can be coin size now with wide lenses. I don’t know the exact format used but the photos or whatever do exist, believe me and have done for a couple of years. They will come out eventually, now it is too dangerous for the boy he and his parents would be murdered by sb’s goons from the prashanti mafia, or the pn police……Tony.

(QuickTopic Forum, post 1728)
Tony O’Clery: Namaste, I have it on good authority that there is a photo of sb molesting a boy. However the parents are still devotees and the boy is frightened for his life if his name is revealed. His name has been passed on to a safe place in case he is murdered by sb or his gang of goons…Tony.

Notice how Robert Priddy, Sanjay Dadlani and Tony O’Clery cannot keep their stories straight and consistent? The alleged “victim” is changed from Swami Kaleshwar to an anonymous “former student” by Robert Priddy. The anonymous “former student” is then changed to an anonymous “child” by Sanjay Dadlani. The anonymous “child” is then changed to an anonymous “boy” whose parents are still Sai Devotees by Tony O’Clery. Notice how Swami Kaleshwar is completely filtered out of the story and he is replaced with an anonymous former student / child / boy whose story must be guarded out of safety concerns and confidentiality. What a bunch of rubbish!

Sanjay Dadlani first claimed that Anti-Sai Activists are in actual possession of the pictures. Then Sanjay Dadlani claimed that he did not know who was the “giver or the receiver” in the pictures (meaning he and other ex-devotees never saw them)!

Similarly, Tony O’Clery has never (admittedly) seen the alleged “photographic evidence” for himself. Tony O’Clery is simply perpetuating unverifiable rumors and gossips. Tony O’Clery has no information whatsoever about the alleged picture(s) and said that there is “some kind of photo” in existence. How’s that for objective? Tony O’Clery also alleged that the picture was “taken long before the easy internet photo editing”. This simply is untrue. Photo fraud has a long history that can be traced back prior to Sathya Sai Baba’s birth. For example, the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies case of photographic fraud going back to the early 1920’s.

This is the type of typical sleaze that Ex-Devotee’s peddle and perpetuate against Sathya Sai Baba.

Objective & Verifiable Information About Swami Kaleshwar

Paula Gloria released some YouTube videos of Swami Kaleshwar in which a full-sized picture of Sathya Sai Baba could clearly be seen in Kaleshwar’s ashram in Penukonda. Seeing is believing:



As one can see, Swami Kaleshwar has a garlanded photo of Sathya Sai Baba in his ashram. Why would an alleged sexual molestation victim keep a photo of his sexual abuser in his ashram and put flower garlands on it? Once again, another Anti-Sai rumor bites the dust.

LSD Advocate Robert Priddy Defending Drug User From The Secret Swami Documentary

LSD Advocate Robert Priddy is a big fan of the Secret Swami Documentary. So much so, Robert Priddy monomaniacally blathers about the Secret Swami on his Anti-Baba WordPress blog like a person neurotically obsessed with repetition and redundancy.

It would appear that Robert Priddy’s fascination with the Secret Swami program revolves around Alaya Rahm, a man who fully admitted that he was a drug addict and alcoholic in official court records! Apparently, LSD advocate Robert Priddy feels a kinship with drug user Alaya Rahm and therefore constantly feels the need to defend him.

In “Response To Form Interrogatories” in Alaya Rahm’s self-dismissed lawsuit against the Sathya Sai Baba Society (Form Interrogatory No. 6.3, Set One) Alaya Rahm fully admitted that he had been a daily user of illegal street drugs and alcohol from 1995 – 2005. Consequently, during Alaya Rahm’s “Divine Downfall” and India Today Anti-Sai interviews and during the filming of the BBC Documentary “Secret Swami” and the “Seduced By Sai Baba” Danish Documentary, Alaya Rahm was under the influence of illegal street drugs and alcohol while relating his alleged sexual encounters with Sathya Sai Baba. This crucial information wholly undermines Alaya Rahm’s credibility and irreparably compromises the integrity of his claims. Needless to say, Alaya Rahm’s alcoholism and drug addiction have been purposely suppressed from the general public by Anti-Sai Activists, the Rahm Family, Tanya Datta and the media.

The Big Question: Is A Decade-Long Daily User Of Illegal Street Drugs And Alcohol Seeking A Money Settlement Credible? Apparently, Robert Priddy & Barry Pittard think so. You be the judge: (Picture 01Picture Two).

Alaya Rahm Attempted To Sue The US Sathya Sai Baba Society For Money But Ended Up Self-Dismissing His Own Lawsuits On The Advice Of His Lawyer. In Form Interrogatory No. 6.2-3, Set One: Alaya Rahm Also Blamed Sai Baba For His Dropping Out Of College, Inability To Concentrate, Difficulty Maintaining A Job, Nervous Tics, Nightmares And Fear Of Being A Homosexual. Despite These Psychologically Traumatic Claims, Alaya Rahm And His Parents Never Sought Medical Or Psychiatic Treatment For Any Alleged Trauma And Were Unable To Itemize Any Wage Losses.

Alaya Rahm & Drug Dealer Valdez T. Woods

Supporting Alaya Rahm’s involvement with illegal street drugs and drug addicts is a secondary court case in November 2007 where Alaya Rahm testified on behalf of his friend Valdez T Woods, who was arrested and convicted for possession of crack cocaine and marijuana with the intent to deliver (PDF Reference). As a matter of fact, Valdez T Woods was arrested within a mile of Alaya Rahm’s then current residence (as revealed in official court records). Alaya Rahm was identified as a “friend and associate” of drug dealer and drug addict Valdez T Woods.

Following In The Moral & Ethical Footsteps Of Ex-Devotees

During the filming of the Secret Swami documentary, Dr. Michael Goldstein was secretly filmed in the privacy of his home by BBC Interviewers who subjected him to a series of questions in a clearly confrontational tone of voice. Although Goldstein was composed for the majority of the interview, he answered one question with great emotion and Anti-Sai Activists (instead of portraying him in a balanced and fair way) carefully clipped specific movie frames from the Secret Swami Program and made self-serving pictures of him that are widely distributed on Anti-Sai websites and blogs, along with their typical slurs and misleading comments.

The BBC Interviewers demanded from Goldstein that Sathya Sai Baba be subjected to a “proper legal process or a legalistic process”. However, the BBC Interviewers never asked Alaya Rahm or his family why they failed to resort to a “proper legal process or a legalistic process” in India against Sathya Sai Baba. Why should Goldstein or the Sai Organization initiate a legal or legalistic inquiry into Alaya Rahm’s allegations when Alaya Rahm and his parents never filed a basic police complaint, FIR or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India?

Therefore, since Ex-Devotees (who can often be seen boasting that they are rational, reasonable, moral, ethical, sensitive, honest, law-abiding and decent individuals) feel they can take picture frames from the Secret Swami Program and broadcast them on the internet, Gerald Joe Moreno see no reason why he cannot follow in Ex-Devotee’s footsteps and do the same thing. Consequently, this webpage was the direct result of Ex-Devotee’s reprehensible online behavior.

(SaiSathyaSai.com Reference)

Also see:
Sathya Sai Baba And Alaya Rahm – The Failed & Self-Dismissed Lawsuit
Dismissal Records For Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Proof Of Service Motions In Limine In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Lewis Kreydick Deposition In Limine In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits
Lewis Kreydick Deposition In Alaya Rahm’s Failed Lawsuits

Yuvarani Nithyananda Sex Scandal Proves Indian Courts Take Action Against CREDIBLE Allegations

The global publicity surrounding the Swami Yuvarani Nithyananda “Sex Scandal” proves that Indian Courts, Indian Police and various Indian investigating agencies do not shield or protect popular Swamis, Gurus or GodMen in India and are more than willing to investigate, arrest and detain Swamis, Gurus and Godmen against whom there exists credible evidence of sexual abuse, molestation or corruption.

Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba (particularly Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy) have desperately and dishonestly been trying to associate Swami Nithyananda (Dhyanapeetam) with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Prashanti Nilayam) by making dubious, absurd and blatantly untruthful comparisons between them. Interested readers can reference Gerald Joe Moreno’s previous article entitled Paramahamsa Nithyananda Sex Scandal And A Comparision To Sathya Sai Baba.

Swami Nithyananda was a popular and famous Guru who had lakhs of devotees in India and abroad, which included high ranking Indians. When presented with credible evidence of inappropriate behavior, the official and public outcry was immediately evident and Yuvarani Nithyananda was arrested. Lawyer R. Karthikeyan requested a Madras high court to seek a CBI probe against Nithyananda and the Swamy was arrested. The publicity surrounding the allegations against Nithyananda have been unremitting and continual in the news, on YouTube and on blogs all around the world.

So, the BIG questions that Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy wholly ignore are:

  1. Why haven’t there been similar outcries against Sathya Sai Baba in India? Surely, if the allegations against Sathya Sai Baba were so credible, there should be PROOF.
  2. Where are all the court cases, police reports and FIRs filed first-hand in India by alleged victims against Sathya Sai Baba?
  3. Where are all the parents and relatives to the “dozens”, “hundreds” and/or “thousands” of children who have allegedly been molested by the Guru? Where are their court cases, police complaints or FIRs?

The fact of the matter is that controversy surrounding Sathya Sai Baba is all smoke and no fire. The only people making all the fuss against Sathya Sai Baba are mentally imbalanced defamers who have actually had the audacity to disperse and publish falsified and fraudulent sexual molestation libels against Gerald Joe Moreno. For example, see the following articles written by Gerald Moreno defending himself from Ex-Devotee’s feral attacks, libels and defamations:

If Ex-Devotees have the audacity to fabricate and falsify sexual molestation stories against Joe Moreno, what other “sexual molestation” lies are they peddling as the “irrefutable truth” to unsupecting readers on the internet?

There are entirely valid reasons why there have been no public outcries against Sathya Sai Baba. First and foremost, there is no credible evidence that Sathya Sai Baba did anything wrong. There are no basic police complaints, FIRs or court cases filed first-hand by any alleged victim against Sathya Sai Baba in India.

The only people making all the fuss against Sathya Sai Baba are people who were never sexually abused themselves, who never witnessed a single criminal act themselves and who have taken it upon themselves to act as proxy-spokespersons for alleged victims (who are apparently incompetent, cannot speak for themselves and who refused free “world-class legal resources” from Ex-Devotees).

So when Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy writhe their hands, gnash their teeth and raise a huge cry about Swami Nithyananda on their Anti-Baba WordPress blogs, make no mistake about it: It’s all drama and theatrics for cheap internet publicity.

Mary Garden And ‘Shadow of the Guru’ Website

Visit the Shadows of the Guru Busters blog

Mary Garden was born in Whakatane, New Zealand in 1950. She went to Waikato University & Hamilton Teachers College in 1966 from where she graduated with a B.Ed and a Teachers College Diploma. After a year’s teaching and obtaining a Diploma in Teaching from the NZ Department of Education, she spent a year doing post-graduate studies at the University of Auckland. She abandoned her studies in 1973 to go to India where she spent seven years exploring Eastern mysticism and becoming sexually entangled with various gurus. In 1980 Mary Garden settled in Queensland, Australia, married, had two children and became an Australian citizen.

Mary Garden’s wrote a book entitled “The Serpent Rising: A journey of spiritual seduction” that was based on her alleged experiences with various gurus in India (i.e., Rajneesh Osho, Sathya Sai Baba and Balyogi Premvarni) during the 1970’s. Mary Garden also co-authored “Neo Tantra: Bhagwan Rajneesh on Sex Love Prayer and Transcendence” with Bernard Gunther (Refs: 010203).

Mary Garden’s Views About Meditation:

In an article entitled “Can Meditation Be Bad for You”, Mary Garden made the argument that people who practice meditation can frequently be seen to be depressed, neurotic, psychotic, suicidal, given to hallucinations, withdrawn, obsessive, mentally imbalanced, emotionally imbalanced, fearful and anxious. Mary Garden cited about a dozen references all warning about the severe side effects of meditation and how mystical experiences may actually be caused by seizures or a brain malfunction due to sensory deprivation and decreased blood flow to the parietal lobe.

Amusingly, Mary Garden confessed that she was an ardent practitioner of meditation in the 1970’s (meaning that her alleged experiences with various gurus during that time may have been distorted, exaggerated, imagined or hallucinated as the result of her rigid and mind-altering meditation practices):

Mary Garden: “I meditated a lot in the 1970s and thought I was superior to those who didn’t. Thankfully I didn’t have a breakdown (though sometimes I was surely ‘out of my mind’). I had all sorts of bizarre and strange experiences and in the early days often felt bliss and ecstasy. There were a few occasions where I felt as though I was ‘one with the universe’, and I once began hallucinating that the trees outside were vibrating with white light, convinced I could hear the sacred Om sound booming through the Himalayan night…When I finally gave up on seeking enlightenment in the late 1970s and returned to worldly life, I also gave up meditating–except for the occasional sitting still for a few minutes here and there, watching my breath in the Vipassana way.”

In the 1970’s Mary Garden apparently experienced the advanced, psychotic and hallucinatory manifestations of meditation when she claimed she saw trees “vibrating with white light”, heard the Om mantra “booming through the Himalayan night”, had an experience of cosmic consciousness, felt her forehead “blazing with light”, imagined turning into a demon (discussed later on this page), experienced strange symptoms of kundalini arousal and sometimes felt that she was “surely out of my mind”. Mary Garden also discussed her depression, paranoia, desperation, anger, anxiety and homicidal tendencies during that time.

Consequently, how is one to give much credence to Mary Garden’s alleged experiences with Rajneesh, Sathya Sai Baba and Balyogi Premvarni when she was “hallucinating” (her word) and mentally unstable (due to her meditation practices) at that time? Thank you, Mary Garden! Mary Garden also recalled her alleged experiences almost a decade after they happened (“The Serpent Rising” was first published in 1988).

Mary Garden’s Smear Campaign Against Leo Rebello:

Dr. Leo Rebello, N.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.F.Hom, MBA, is the Director of Natural Health Centre, Bombay. He has delivered over 10,000 lectures in 63 countries (including WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP, UN-HABITAT conferences), has written 30 books and has been interviewed by the world media.

Leo Rebello alleged that the publisher for Mary Garden’s book “The Serpent Rising” contacted him for a book review. Since the request mentioned negative information about various gurus, Leo Rebello (an Anti-Guru advocate) contacted Mary Garden expressing an interest to review her book. As a result, Mary Garden sent Leo Rebello an autographed copy. After reading “The Serpent Rising”, Leo Rebello informed Mary Garden that he refused to review the book because he considered it “semi-pornographic”. As a result, Mary Garden teamed together with Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba and publicly smeared Leo Rebello:

Leo Rebello: “Now let us come to Mary Garden’s book The Serpent Rising, with which this nuisance started. Mary Garden of Australia has documented some of her forays into sex, drugs, and vagrancy in that book. Here are some nuggets: Sai Baba, she says, is a hermaphrodite & homosexual – page 44 and talks of surrendering to him – page 16. Then she runs away from him because he played footsie with her but did not call her to his bedroom. She is therefore disappointed and runs away to Rishikesh in the Himalayas. There she gets pregnant from Balyogi – page 203. She then aborts a 4-month fetus (a boy according to the nurse who puts the fetus in the dustbin) in a Delhi Nursing Home and feels it was a murder – page 211. Next she has encounters with Rajneesh in his dark chambers in Pune, etc. etc. The cover page shows Rajneesh working on her. Prior to meeting all these ‘unholy men’ like Satya Sai Baba, Balyogi Premvarni and Rajneesh (her words), Mary enjoyed drugs & sex with older men in Auckland, by the time she was 16 – page 5. Infact her sexual experiments started at a very young age when the neighbour took her and her sister in a hen house and made them do felatio. And such a pornographic book she has dedicated to her two children. The details about her husband are missing. I received the said book on 2nd December, 2003. After reading it I wrote to her that I was disappointed with her book and I will NOT be reviewing the same since it was semi-pornographic. So, she got wild and pressed into service Robert Priddy ( rpriddy@online.no; robrei@start.no;); Ravi Chandra ( RaviChandra@everyday.com); and these other persons with emails like satyavijaya@myrealbox.com; r.v.d.sandt@hetnet.nl; dark_knight_9@yahoo.com; anir@start.no; ompukalani@hotmail.com; rover@jcputty.com; ex_baba@hetnet.nl; rero@chello.no (I do NOT know any one of them), and they started spamming me.” (Reference)

It is a fact that Mary Garden, Robert Priddy and various Ex-Devotees herded together and collectively smeared Leo Rebello on the internet. Robert Priddy (an LSD advocate and a known defamer and libeler of others) publicly published Leo Rebello’s emails (including Mary Garden’s responses) on angeltowns.com/members/tanik (which was subsequently deleted for defamatory content). Although Leo Rebello’s emails were defamatory as well, he never dispersed his accusations publicly like Mary Garden and Robert Priddy did. Robert Priddy duplicated Rebello’s emails on his Anti-Sai websites and removed them only after Leo Rebello threatened him with a million-dollar legal suit for defamation.

Mary Garden – Promiscuity Rising:

“The Serpent Rising” was originally published as a work of fiction and Mary Garden even resorted to using the pseudonym “Helena Pearson”. In an interview with Kelly Worden and co-host Robert Humelbaugh, Mary Garden confessed that when she first wrote “The Serpent Rising”, she was still “confused and ambivalent about her experiences” in India. Putting these intriguing facts aside, it is undeniable that Mary Garden’s book “The Serpent Rising” is “semi-pornographic” in nature. The book revolves almost exclusively around Mary Garden’s sexual desires and sexual experiences.

Mary Garden’s strange sexual experiences started at the tender of six when she began to have recurring nightmares of demon-like creatures crawling over her and sliding their slippery hands up & down and in-between her legs. While still a child, Mary Garden claimed that a neighbor forced her and her younger sister into performing oral sex on him in a hen house. Although her younger sister remembered the incident vividly, Mary Garden claimed she had no recollection of the event. When Mary Garden was sixteen, she stated her first year at College was a “constant round of sex, alcohol, parties and sometimes experimenting with drugs” (including LSD). These stories are important to remember because they provide an illuminating backdrop to Mary Garden’s alleged encounters with Sathya Sai Baba, Balyogi Premvarni and Rajneesh.

Mary Garden Lusted After Sathya Sai Baba:

Mary Garden blindly, instantly and gullibly believed (admittedly) that Sathya Sai Baba was God incarnate based solely on stories she heard about him and his miracles. Mary Garden decided to visit Sathya Sai Baba and spent a total of four months with him in India and he completely ignored her (not even looking at her). The only attention Mary Garden received from Sathya Sai Baba was when he touched her toes with his own while standing close to her. That’s it.

After four months of being constantly ignored, Mary Garden had a couple of “murky dreams” about Sathya Sai Baba when she was seriously ill and dehydrated from dysentery. The first “murky dream” that Mary Garden had was of floating, dancing and embracing Sathya Sai Baba in the sky while both of them were naked. Mary Garden had an “intense sexual arousal” and a “deep almost unbearable longing for an orgasm”. Just when she thought that Sathya Sai Baba “would enter her” with his penis, he would disappear (which happened several times) and she compared this erotic interaction to that of Radha and Krishna. Mary Garden claimed that in the dream she could see entire galaxies of stars sparkling in Sai Baba’s eyes, his skin felt like velvet, she was in “complete ecstasy” and her heart was “exploding with love”. When she awoke from the dream, she said: “For hours afterwards I lay there feeling as if I was bathing in the sweet aftermath of an explosive orgasm.”

In Mary Garden’s second “murky dream” of Sathya Sai Baba, she claimed the Guru was floating six inches off the ground and he had a “gigantic long penis, resembling the head and neck of an ancient dinosaur”. The “monstrous penis” approached the crowd and circulated among the people, nudging and caressing them. When Mary Garden awoke from this dream, she was sweating profusely due to her illness. Strangely, this dream happens to be the only one that Mary Garden discusses in interviews when she speaks against Sathya Sai Baba (no mention is made to her sexual dream in which she desired coitus with the guru). Disturbingly, Mary Garden subsequently changed the details of this dream and now claims that Sathya Sai Baba’s “monstrous penis” (instead of “nudging and caressing” people) actually wrapped itself around student’s necks and strangled them!

Flip-flopping, Mary Garden blindly, instantly and gullibly believed (admittedly) that Sathya Sai Baba was a fraud, a homosexual, a hermaphrodite, a sexual abuser and the Devil incarnate based solely on critical comments made to her by a woman named Joanna (who operated a restaurant called “Jo-Jo’s” in Bangalore). Because of Joanna’s critical comments, Mary Garden left Sathya Sai Baba and ran away to the Himalayas.

Mary Garden is currently a critic of Sathya Sai Baba and is closely allied with Ex Devotees (whose Anti-Sai websites she constantly references in interviews). Mary Garden’s defection from Sathya Sai Baba was based solely on rumors and gossip (which originated from Tal Brooke) that she never independently verified or confirmed for herself in any manner whatsoever.

Mary Garden has adamantly refused to say one word about Sai Baba critics Sanjay Dadlani, Tony O’Clery, Robert Priddy, Basava Premanand, Conny Larsson, Reineir Van Der Sandt, Barbara Dent, UsedByBaba and Alan Kazlev’s falsified and fraudulent sexual abuse allegations against Gerald Joe Moreno (a Pro-Sai Activist). Mary Garden’s absolute silence regarding these malicious libels has strongly called into question her so-called “integrity”, “credibility” and “honesty”.

Mary Garden Lusted After Balyogi Premvarni:

Mary Garden’s alleged involvement with Balyogi Premvarni is perhaps the most disturbing (and lengthy) section in “The Serpent Rising”. A chronological summary goes like this:

  1. When Mary Garden first visited Balyogi Premvarni, she was smitten by his “extraordinary beauty”, “couldn’t stop looking at him”, was “completely mesmerized” by him and was “overcome by his power and his beauty”.
  2. Balyogi Premvarni allegedly kissed and had sex with Mary Garden under the pretext of awakening her kundalini and she was awed by the softness of his skin and the fluidity of his movements. After sex with the yogi, Mary Garden felt her heart opening and being flooded with love. Mary Garden claimed that she did, in fact, experience signs and symptoms of kundalini arousal during and after sex with the yogi, which included: “dizziness”, feeling a “a fiery liquid moving at the base of the spine, at the tailbone, and rising upwards to the top of the head”, being “energized” after sex, her mind becoming “still and peaceful”, feeling her forehead “blazing with light”, envisioned herself (as in the case of Sai Baba) as Radha and the yogi as Krishna and always felt in an “orgasmic state” after sex.
  3. Mary Garden hoped the yogi would become a householder so she could marry him.
  4. As in the case of Sai Baba, Mary Garden felt that Balyogi Premvarni might be a madman or a demon and decided to run away.
  5. Mary Garden changed her mind about running away and decided to stay with Balyogi Premvarni.
  6. Mary Garden had her mother wire her some money and decided to leave Balyogi Premvarni, informed him or her plans and left. Although she left the yogi’s ashram for good she left her passport, birth certificate and other references at the yogi’s ashram (how she was going to get her money or leave the country without a passport remains a mystery).
  7. Mary Garden returned to the yogi’s ashram to pick up her passport, birth certificate and references and angrily left the ashram again.
  8. While in Delhi, a devotee of Balyogi Premvarni found Mary Garden after being instructed by the yogi where to find her and asked her to return.
  9. Mary Garden returned to Balyogi Premvarni’s ashram and had an experience of cosmic consciousness, which the yogi allegedly bestowed on her. Mary garden resumed having sex with the yogi and continued to have symptoms of kundalini awakening.
  10. Balyogi Premvarni predicted that Mary Garden would leave him, which she adamantly denied would ever happen.
  11. Mary Garden became pregnant with Balyogi Premvarni’s baby and had an abortion. The attendant told Mary Garden “it’s a boy, you slut” as she tossed the fetus into a metal bucket.
  12. Mary Garden began to have intense feelings of hate and anger and said: “I sometimes expected to see horns sticking up out of my head and my upper eye-teeth elongated and hanging over my bottom lip. I would feel a peculiar sensation in these two teeth and I’d sense them growing and protruding, though they never did.” As in the case of Sai Baba, Mary Garden again began to see Balyogi Premvarni as evil and demonic.
  13. Balyogi Premvarni had a new female devotee and Mary Garden was jealous and infuriated. Mary Garden said: “My lotus flowers were no longer in bloom. I burned some of the poems I had written for Swamiji. I contemplated burning down the ashram or even killing Swamiji.”
  14. Mary Garden ran away from Balyogi Premvarni again.
  15. Despite all this trauma, Mary Garden continued to write letters to Balyogi Premvarni.
  16. Mary Garden decided to return once again to visit Balyogi Premvarni.
  17. Mary Garden finally left Balyogi Premvarni, this time for good.

Consequently, Mary Garden’s alleged involvement with Balyogi Premvarni was one of infatuation, lust, sex and desire. Mary Garden found Balyogi Premvarni to be sexually attractive, obviously desired to have sex with him, found sex with him to be fulfilling, wished he would become a householder so she could marry him, became jealous and infuriated when he acquired another female devotee and entertained thoughts of homicide and violence to revenge what she perceived to be a betrayal. Mary Garden conceded that when she wrote “The Serpent Rising”, she was still “confused and ambivalent” about her experiences in India and one could certainly reason that her book was an act of revenge against her ex-lover who dumped her for someone else.

Mary Garden And Sex Guru Osho / Rajneesh:

After Mary Graden’s disastrous relationship with Balyogi Premvarni, she returned to Australia to teach for six months before returning to India to join the Rajneesh cult. Mysteriously, Mary Garden did not go into depth about her involvement with Rajneesh and the copious amounts of sex that must have surely transpired during her year-long stay at his ashram in Poona (where she was initiated as a sannyasin under the name “Ma Prem Sagara”). The book cover to “The Serpent Rising” shows Mary Garden receiving a personal blessing from Rajneesh (meaning that she was no novitiate, but that she was heavily involved in the cult and their unrestrained practices of madman screaming, uncontrollable laughing, flailing dances, spaced-out meditations and wanton sex).

Mary Garden even helped Bernard Gunther with the compilation of his book for Rajneesh entitled “Neo Tantra: Bhagwan Rajneesh on Sex Love Prayer and Transcendence”.

Mary Garden “The Serpent Rising” – In Conclusion:

In conclusion, Mary Garden’s book “The Serpent Rising” is more believable as a work of fiction. Mary Garden’s motives, confusion and ambivalence behind her book casts a serious shadow of doubt on her credibility, reliability and accuracy as an author. Mary Garden struggled (and still struggles) very hard to portray herself as a “victim” of cults and blamed various gurus for her naiveté and sexual exploits under the guise of spirituality. Since Mary Garden explicitly stated she was not hurt or damaged by her encounter with Sathya Sai Baba, one is left to wonder why she speaks against him the most. It is suspected Mary Garden does this because it is far easier for her to talk about other’s alleged sexual improprieties rather than her own.

As a highlight to Mary Garden’s strange obession with sex, she authored a poetry book in 1992 entitled “Coming Together: a Journey through Passion”, which was written “about the beauty and power of sex without using the language of guilt of hostility”. A reviewer of the book said that some of the poems and cartoons (of a naked couple) in the book may “shock” and “offend” readers. Taking into consideration Mary Garden’s rather risque life history, why should anyone be surprised?

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?”

This is the type of person that the Shadow of the Guru film and SotG website advocates for and expects others to blindly accept as an authority on cults, gurus and alleged sexual improprieties!

Mary Garden, Joan R. Bridges & Shadow of the Guru

Mary Garden is directly associated with the Shadow of the Guru website and related “anti-cult” documentary. See for yourself:

Shadow of the Guru is the name for an “anti-cult” website and “anti-cult” documentary owned by “CEO” Joan Radha Bridges (a self-professed psychic, reiki master, Goddess and tantra practitioner who is into kinky, sexual, provocative, fetish, lesbian, Goth and Shiva Shakti imagery).

Joan Radha Bridges is also strongly partnered with Jade Sol Luna, a man who is closely allied with satanists, occultists, witches, psychics, tarot card readers and Goth priests. For example, on Jade Sol Luna’s “Masters Of Invocation” CD (View MySpace Page), the tracks are:

  1. BBTN – Intro 3:47
  2. Raven Digitalis – Hades Invocation 4:38
  3. Matthew James – Temple of Sokar 6:43
  4. Helene Delcroix – Call to Lucifer (Latin)2:15
  5. Jade Sol Luna – New Moon Invocation 4:35
  6. Venus Satanas – Invocation to the Infernal Ones 4:37
  7. Kindra RavenMoon – Call to Lilith 3:46
  8. Raven Digitalis – Set Invocation 3:29
  9. Jana – Queen of the Crossroads 3:51
  10. Matthew James – Sokar Invocation 4:06
  11. Helene Delcroix – Call to Lucifer (French)4:06
  12. Kindra RavenMoon – Dark God Invocation 2:06
  13. Jade Sol Luna – The Goat of Passion 3:42
  14. Raven Digitalis – Hades Invocation- Club Mix 4:36
  15. Kindra RavenMoon – Call to Lillith- Club Mix 3:42

On the “Masters Of Invocation” CD, Jade Sol Luna worked with Raven Digitalis, Helene Delcroix, Venus Satanas and Kindra Ravenmoon. Who are these people?

  • Helene Delcroix (View MySpace Page) is a self-professed wiccan, satanist, clairvoyant, psychic, astrologer, tarot card reader, black magician, fortune teller and parapsychologist.
  • Raven Digitalis (View WebSite) is a self-professed witch, pagan priest, wiccan, Goth, author, DJ, artisan, empath, tarot card reader and spiritual counselor who offers divination services, public rituals, handfasting, blessings, guided meditations, healing work, chakra alignment, exorcisms and herbal crafts.
  • Venus Satanas (View WebSiteView Psychic WebSiteView Blog) is a self-professed satanist, wiccan, tarot card reader, seller of satanic ritual items and psychic who claims she can pronounce curses and summon infernal deities.
  • Kindra Ravenmoon (View MySpaceView WebSite) is a satanist, demoness, dark arts alternative model, independent horror film actress, music journalist, musician, writer, Goth and witch.

Joan Radha Bridges is so devoted to Jade Sol Luna’s dark philosophy, she actually hosted a seminar for him in her house in Atlanta and allowed him to worship her Goddess statue there. On Joan Radha Bridges’ MySpace page (which is now set to private), she referred to Jade Sol Luna as her “teacher” and claims to follow the dark path of “La Sera”, which means “The Left Hand of Wicca”. Jade Sol Luna made a CD entitled “La Sera” and his visual depiction for that path is clearly Satanic: (Picture Reference).

La Sera is based on what Jade Sol Luna calls “Nirrtibhava Tantra” (Nirrti being the Hindu Goddess of death and corruption) that is associated with the fierce Goddess Kalika Devi. Even more disturbing are pictures of Joan Radha Bridges engaged in tantric meditation while holding a human skull in her hands (Pic Link)! Jade Sol Luna also figures prominently on Joan Radha Bridges’ Shadow of the Guru website and associated YouTube trailer. See for yourself:

These are the type of people that Mary Garden endorses, promotes and associates himself with! Mary Garden would have us believe that it is wrong to believe in Gurus, but that it is OKAY to believe in and trust “anti-cult” activists like Joan Radha Bridges and Jade Sol Luna who advocate for Satan, Lucifer, Goth, Wicca, tarot, psychics, reiki, astrology, dark magic, left-hand paths, Goddess statues and Goddess cults. Shocking!

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Shadow of the Guru Related:

Ranjitha & Swami Nithyananda Sex Scandal And A Comparison To Sathya Sai Baba

Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy (both caustic critics and defamers of Sathya Sai Baba and others) wrote amusing articles on their Anti-Sai WordPress blogs feebly attempting to draw caricatured comparisions between the Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji “sex scandal” and Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

What actual comparisons can be drawn between Nithyananda and Sathya Sai Baba? What actual parallels can be made? Let us find out:

COMPARISON ONE:

About Paramahamsa Nithyananda: There are actual videos with actual footage of Swami Nithyananda engaging in consentual & intimate behavior with Tamil actress Ranjitha: YouTube Video 01YouTube Video 02.

About Sathya Sai Baba: There are no videos with actual footage of Sathya Sai Baba engaging in any sort of consentual & intimate behavior with anyone.

CONCLUSION: There is simply NO comparison between Nithyananda and Sathya Sai Baba whatsoever.

COMPARISON TWO:

About Paramahamsa Nithyananda: Nityananda admitted he was the person in the YouTube videos and admitted that the Tamil actress Ranjitha engaged in the behaviors recorded therein (Reference).

About Sathya Sai Baba: Sathya Sai Baba has never (ever) made any sort of admission to any sort of inappropriate behavior and there are no videos of the guru engaging in any sort of questionable behavior.

CONCLUSION: There is simply NO comparison between Nithyananda and Sathya Sai Baba whatsoever.

COMPARISON THREE:

About Paramahamsa Nithyananda: Official court cases were filed against Nityananda in India and Nityananda himself submitted a writ petition defending himself (01020304).

About Sathya Sai Baba: No alleged victim has ever filed (first-hand) a single court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India for any alleged acts of impropriety. Sathya Sai Baba has never (ever) had to obtain legal representation and has never (ever) submitted a writ petition defending himself. Furthermore, no basic police complaints have ever been filed first-hand against Sathya Sai Baba in India by any alleged victim (Reference).

CONCLUSION: There is simply NO comparison between Nithyananda and Sathya Sai Baba whatsoever.

The fact of the matter is that Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy are bitter and vindictive extremists who argue their case via conspiracy, speculation and homo-erotic self-projection. It is apparent that Pittard & Priddy are attempting to gain cheap publicity (the only kind they can obtain) for their blogs by writing about the highly-charged controversy surrounding Swami Nithyananda and Tamil actress Ranjitha.

Gerald Joe Moreno has written a strongly defended article entitled Refuting The Allegations Against Sathya Sai Baba With Factual Information that exposes the many gutter and smear campaigns waged by Barry Pittard, Robert Priddy and Ex-Devotees on the internet.

Despite Pittard & Priddy’s desperate and frenzied attempts to smear Sathya Sai Baba and draw dubious comparisions with Swamiji Nithyananda and Swamiji Bhimanand, Sathya Sai Baba has never (ever) had a single police complaint filed against him by any alleged victim and not even one mother or father has come forward with a public grievance or court case in India alleging impropriety against the Guru.

How’s that for a real eye-opener?


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